December 20 / 14.45 Ayr

14.45

Soft

Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3696.7
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 5
  • 6 runners
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Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: F77-3P C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Hasn't kicked on since winning over hurdles in novice handicap here (2m, good; first-time tongue-tie) in March; possesses the size and scope for chasing but didn't get far on rules chasing debut at Musselburgh (pulled up after a bad mistake; saddle slipped); still has time on his side, but equally also something to prove.
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1st

7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

15:30 Ayr

Artic Row

11st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Has suffered a couple of mishaps since switched to chasing in the autumn but won over C&D (soft) both times he completed; raised another 7lb since digging deep to repel Monochromix here last month but he travelled well for a long way and the front pair drew a long way clear of the others; likely contender.

11/4

1st

6

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:45 Ayr

Artic Row

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Won quite stylishly over C&D (soft) on what was effectively his seasonal/chase debut in December and was in contention for a place at least before penultimate-fence fall at Kelso (2m5f, soft) last month; remains very much of interest.

11/4

0

11

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Artic Row

10st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Pulled up early on chase debut after bad mistake caused saddle to slip; major improvement when easy winner at Ayr (2m4f, soft) next time and runner-up has since gone one better; a 9lb rise may not stop this unexposed 7yo.

11/4

6/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 43PP95 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Veteran; fine Ayr record (eight wins) over the years; feasibly handicapped on form from earlier this year but out of sorts in recent times, including when soon on the retreat once headed over C&D (fifth of six, beaten 41l) last week; it's difficult to have confidence with that effort in mind.
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9

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Ardera Cross

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

raced in last, reminders after 5th, struggling from 6th, tailed off 8th

25/1

9

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Ardera Cross

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

raced in last, reminders after 5th, struggling from 6th, tailed off 8th

25/1

5th

10

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

15:30 Ayr

Ardera Cross

10st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

Nine-time course winner, most recently when causing 14-1 surprise over 2m in early January; unreliable nowadays but he's effective over today's trip and his current mark is probably workable; impossible to rule out.

14/1

Form: 452U66

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Yet to win (0-22), although did go close over hurdles at Cartmel (2m1f, soft) in August; few positives to take from his two previous attempts over fences - he didn't jump fluently at Catterick (2m3f) latest - and cheekpieces are now applied; risky proposition.
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6th

10

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Fathers Advice

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: R Mike Smith

took keen hold, prominent

8/1

10

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

14:25 Newcastle

Fathers Advice

11st 0lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

Now 0-23 after weakening tamely to be a remote third over 2m4f at Ayr when tried in cheekpieces; soft ground was no excuse on that occasion; others have more going for them.

12/1

Form: /25-12

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
3-4 in points; stepped up on his hurdles form when making a winning rules chasing debut at Kelso (3m, soft); backed that up with a good second (survived a bad mistake) back there next time; still fairly weighted and, with Brian Hughes again aboard, looks the one to beat.
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2nd

3

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 4

15:35 Newcastle

Busty Boy

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Daragh Bourke

raced in last

2/1

4th

1

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:45 Ayr

Busty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Daragh Bourke

in touch with leaders, slow jump 1st

8/11

2nd

4

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Busty Boy

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Daragh Bourke

3-4 in points and stepped up on hurdle form when scoring over C&D on chase debut under Brian Hughes last time; 5lb higher in this stronger grade but should give a good account.

2/1

Form: 2/U6-6

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
No win since November 2021 (3m, Newcastle) and finished last of six when last in action over fences at Perth in June 2022; entitled to strip fitter for recent Carlisle comeback run (hurdle) and has eased in the weights, but it would still come as a surprise were he to figure positively.
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0

4

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:45 Ayr

Gun Merchant

10st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

led, joined 5th, led again 8th

8/1

6th

5

3rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 5

14:45 Carlisle

Gun Merchant

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Alison Hamilton

Inconsistent and regressive 10yo who has been absent since a disappointing chase run last summer; switches back to hurdling on a workable mark but still makes only limited appeal.

14/1

Form: P/0-FP

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
11-race maiden; hasn't shown much in four goes over fences (P0FP), admittedly badly hampered mid-race at Hexham (2m4f, soft) last time; sits 10lb out of the handicap proper, so it isn't difficult to look elsewhere.
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3

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

17:00 Kelso

Any Job Will Do

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Jackie Stephen

Struggled to get competitive off lowly marks in handicap chases last year but appeared to display improvement when making all to cause 12-1 surprise in maiden point at Friars Haugh (2m4f, good to soft) last month; now needs to build on that performance.

14/1

3

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

17:00 Kelso

Any Job Will Do

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Jackie Stephen

Struggled to get competitive off lowly marks in handicap chases last year but appeared to display improvement when making all to cause 12-1 surprise in maiden point at Friars Haugh (2m4f, good to soft) last month; now needs to build on that performance.

14/1

0

6

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:45 Ayr

Any Job Will Do

10st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Jackie Stephen

raced in last, lost touch 3rd, detached and struggling 4th, pulled up

50/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £14.40
Straight Forecast £17.90
Trifecta £43.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Busty Boy

The Times:

Artic Row

TOPSPEED:

Ardera Cross

POSTDATA:

Fathers Advice

Daily Mirror:

Artic Row

The Star:

Artic Row

RP RATINGS:

Busty Boy

Telegraph:

Busty Boy

The Guardian:

Busty Boy

Daily Mail:

Busty Boy

The Sun:

Busty Boy

Daily Record:

Busty Boy

D Express:

Ardera Cross